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Congmen want DIG Asthana transferred

Fearing harassment at the hands of Patiala Range DIG SK Asthana during the parliamentary polls,senior leaders of the Congress have sought his removal.

Written by Sanjeev Chopra | Patiala |
March 20, 2009 2:00:09 am

Fearing harassment at the hands of Patiala Range DIG SK Asthana during the parliamentary polls,senior leaders of the Congress have sought his removal.

According to sources,the Congress leaders,including Congress MP Preneet Kaur,have complained to the Chief Election Commissioner and Punjab’s Chief Electoral Officer Kusumjit Sidhu that during his last posting as the SSP of Patiala,they were harassed by the police at his behest. Patiala Range comprises districts of Patiala,Fatehgarh Sahib and Sangrur. Congressmen,led by Patiala District Congress president Prem Krishan Puri,stated in their complaint that going by the past record of the police officer,they fear more harassment,and to ensure free and fair polls,Asthana should be shifted out.

CEO Sidhu said the matter was being examined by the Election Commission and a decision would be taken soon.

Asthana was posted as SSP of Patiala ahead of the last Assembly polls by former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh. He was shifted from Barnala to Patiala,the former CM’s hometown,and continued to remain on the post even after the change of guard in the state.

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